Debrief the event with key decision-makers on lessons learned, utilizing an after action report

An after action report is a structured review and debrief process for analyzing what happened, why it happened, and how it can be done better by the participants and those responsible for the project or event response.

Sample after action review meeting agenda:

  • Welcome, introduction, and context for this review

  • Ground rules and role of facilitator

  • What was intended?

  • What actually happened?

  • What went well, and why?

  • What can be improved, and how?

  • The way ahead: Closing comments and preparation for the report


After Action Video - The San Bernardino City Unified School District created this video to help school districts review the incident and response actions after an emergency. It is recommended that the first review take place the day of the event and then additional follow-up after that time.

After Action Report – A fillable report template for use after an incident.

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